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For Sale: 23, 8 & 9.

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Maxi celebrates in his very colour coded snood, i'm sure Tevez and Nasri will be devastated that he's taken the fashion a step further!...
Time after time as Liverpool fans we hear the same old story. "Oh you're a two man team." . "You can't score without Gerrard or Torres." , "Your defence would be nothing without Carragher." (Maybe not so much the latter one haha) point being last night it was quite clear we could not only survive without our big names but pull out a solid result too.
No doubt about it Aston Villa aided us in looking good but even after subtracting the offside goal there could be no arguments from anyone watching that game who felt Liverpool were below par.
With Torres a late missing piece after having to go to hospital to welcome into the world another mini Nando, Roy Hodgson was left to make a snap decision and started Ryan Babel up front with David Ngog.
To be perfectly honest i was sceptical as i always am when Babel get…

No Goals In Naples

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Nervous moment for the Reds as Konchesky prepares to clear off the line...
A different looking Liverpool side last night boded well against Serie A side Napoli in their third group game of the Europa League. Despite a lack of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, a good performance, namely from the youngsters meant Liverpool managed to gain a respectable draw at the Stadio San Paolo.
The side fielded by Roy contained the likes of Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey, just three of the players on the pitch out to prove themselves. Pepe Reina started in goal with Skrtel, Carragher and Konchesky making up the rest of the back four. Poulsen was in midfield with Jovanovic and Babel on the wings and David Ngog up front.
Napoli perhaps got the better of the starts from the two sides and were creative down the wings. Old friend Dossena was using his already imprinted knowledge of some of the lads in Red to his advantage and the Italians had a few early chances.
Despite this, a solid defence…

Babel Scores To Secure Liverpool Win

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Babel celebrates his first goal of the season with team-mates Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic...
Last nights Europa League clash for Liverpool was not one of our most memorable European nights at Anfield but a win is a win and the sole goal from Mr.Potential allows Liverpool to go to Turkey with a slim lead over their opposition.
Hodgson opted to rest some players who had featured in the game against Arsenal meaning lads like Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard sat this one out. Mascherano and Agger were unable to feature through injury and rather surprisingly Alberto Aquilani wasn't even chosen for the bench.
Reports coming out this morning though suggest that he may be subject to a loan move and other reports say that Kuyt could be considering a move to link up with Rafa at Inter Milan... All that is for another post though.
So Liverpool had Reina in goal with Kelly, Carragher, Kyrgiakos and Aurelio making up the back line. Midfield consisted of Jovanovic, Rodriguez, Lucas and Pouslen with…

Gerrard Gears Victory

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Captain fantastic back to his best...
Steven Gerrard helped steer Liverpool to a 4-0 victory yesterday with 2 goals in 9minutes. The final result saw Burnley relegated but it was an emphatic win for the Reds as they cling on to slim hopes of that last Champions League spot.
The shock entry of Ayala into the back four was the only unsuspected addition to the line up from Benitez. With N'Gog injured it was Kuyt who lead the line. Fellow Dutchman Ryan Babel also started and Maxi Rodriguez was reintroduced on the wing.
The first half for Liverpool was a rather nervy one, Burnley appeared to be dealing with the likes of Kuyt and Aquilani rather well. They were looking strong against the Reds.
The 45minutes portrayed a bad outlook should Liverpool continue to play like that in the second half. Despite some speculative attempts from Gerrard and co, no real chances were created. Burnley also sprung Reina into making a save in the dying minutes, possibly indicating they were becoming comfortab…

Reliance

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Can Benayoun make a repeat of his performance against Burnley in September?
Liverpool face the short trip to Burnley tomorrow as the Lancashire side attempt to remain in the Premier League. Liverpool would hand Burnley a massive blow should they be victorious tomorrow and would see Burnley be relegated.
Not only this they would also hand relegation battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers security. With the Chelsea game also looking more important for other teams rather than ourselves, it is going to be a very peculiar end to the season. Reliance on ourselves from other football clubs is a very scary thing, what worries me is a lot of the time this season, we have not been able to rely on our own performance, let alone giving somebody else a hand.
A win tomorrow could see Liverpool jump into 5th depending on the margin of the win and the Manchester City result. Anything at this moment in time can be taken as a positive because it is just becoming so unlikely that Liverpool will manage to scrape…

Babel Sees Red As Liverpool Lose In Portugal

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Agger celebrates after scoring Liverpool's only goal...
Benfica put two past Liverpool last night both courtesy of their top goalscorer Oscar Cardozo. Despite an early goal from Daniel Agger, a mixture of fortune in favour of the home side and some questionable refereeing decisions saw the Reds fall to defeat.
Benitez fielded a familiar looking side which saw the reintroduction of Lucas into the midfield. With Torres leading the line, it was a confident feel for kick off.
It took just 9 minutes for Liverpool to get on the score sheet after a set piece allowed us to put one in the Benfica goal. Steven Gerrard with a clever little free kick placed the ball square into the box, Daniel Agger then with a superb flick off the back of his foot saw his risky attempt go straight into the back of the net.
Play continued to be positive for Liverpool as we pushed with the attack on the Benfica defence. Looking relatively comfortable, it appeared we may be able to come back to Anfield with a most …

Food 4 Thought

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Aquilani relished his first Liverpool goal.
Just as we thought our ship was about to sink, captain Steven Gerrard and the rest of the boys pulled something special out of the bag last night against a team fighting for their life in the Premier League. But is this a sign of things to come or just a one off result?

Many people will quickly jump to the old "oh well it was only Portsmouth" but as Liverpool fans we all know how much that victory meant. We all know how valuable those 3 points were and we all know after being beaten by Portsmouth earlier on in the season, this was no fluke.
It was an early goal from Fernando Torres that started off the Liverpool rout.
When Steven Gerrard closed down Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown, i don't think anyone was expecting the last ditch attempt to be fruitful, however when Gerrard managed get a foot to the clearance, the ball kindly fell to Maxi Rodriguez, he kept himself composed and swept the ball to our number 9 who put the ball in the b…

Lille Prove More Than A Hazard For Liverpool

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Time to turn your frustrations into support for a good cause.
Late goals were almost becoming a thing of the past for Liverpool but we were back to our old ways against Lille last night. Despite an improved performance compared to our 90minutes against Wigan we still let things slide after being unable to capitalize on a steady 80 minutes or so.
Benitez drafted in Ryan Babel for this one after Yossi Benayoun picked up an injury, i shall move on to commenting on his performance later. A lot of people pre match were calling for Aquilani to make the start, mainly because he clearly deserves it but also in a game against Lille, you would think he would be greatly suited. After looking back at the game too, it is clear to me that we would have benefited from some of the more attacking aspects of the Italian.
Lille started the first half in a very lively fashion, they obviously realised that they would need a result on home turf to truly trouble Liverpool over the two legs.
Liverpool dealt wel…

Wonder Strike Leads The Way For Reds Romanian Victory

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Mascherano nets Liverpool's first goal...
Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard all found the back of the net yesterday evening in Bucharest, after going down 1-0 to the home side when Fernandes scored in the first half, Liverpool managed to complete a very successful turn around.
A strong team was fielded by Rafa, although Torres was left out, perhaps for precautionary reasons. Benayoun however did start along with Ryan Babel on the other wing. Kuyt had been left on the bench and Kyrgiakos was not opted to start.
Up until the Urziceni goal Liverpool were looking rather ineffective, the Romanians were pushing forward, gaining corners and free kicks and looking quite dangerous whereas our only moment of credit was a Steven Gerrard drive which was saved by second fiddle Lithuanian goalkeeper - Arlauskis.
The goal came from a corner for the Romanians, a leaping and in space Fernandes sent the ball past Reina leaving the defence bemused.
There was nobody anywhere near Fernandes…